Protecting Damaged Teeth With Crowns
A porcelain crown is a thin cover that goes over the entire tooth. This restores it to it’s original (or an improved) shape and size. A crown is best used when damage is so progressed that no other form of restoration can be used (fillings, inlay, onlay, etc.). They are very durable and last for years, but like most dental restorations, it is possible that they may wear over time and need to be replaced.
Reasons for crowns:
- Broken or fractured teeth.
- Cosmetic enhancement.
- Advanced tooth decay.
- Broken fillings.
- Tooth has a root canal.
What does getting a crown involve?
Unlike a traditional filling, getting a crown takes two appointments. This is because molds have to made of the damaged tooth so that the crown can be made to exactly match.
Our staff will start by numbing the tooth and removing the decay (or old filling). After that, they will shape to tooth’s surfaces to allow space for the crown to properly fit. While your crown is being made in the lab, we will send you home with a temporary crown to keep the tooth protected.
During your next appointment, Dr. Regan DDS will remove the temporary crown and clean the tooth. Your new crown will be placed and we will ensure that the spacing and bite are accurate, making any adjustments that are needed for your mouth’s function and comfort.
Our clinical staff will tell you how to care for your new crown. Remember to maintain good oral hygiene to keep your smile bright and beautiful!